Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Research and social impact

All the research that we undertake, and the work that we do to generate new knowledge, is designed to have a social impact, helping improve people’s lives and the environment. Delivering social impact through research is a key part of our strategic plan Transforming Lives + Inspiring Change and is integrated with the Changemaker Challenges.

The Changemaker Challenges include making a positive difference to Northamptonshire in the key areas of:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Education
  • Culture, Heritage and the Environment
  • Enterprise and Innovation

We are working with local partners to deliver these four Challenges as we strive to improve Northamptonshire.

Success in the Research Excellence Framework 2014

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, the University of Northampton submitted to nine Units of Assessment. ‘World-leading’ research was identified in our submissions for:

  • Allied Health Professions
  • Art and Design
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Education Units of Assessment

In History, 22% of research was rated as ‘world-leading’. In Art and Design, 20% of submissions were ranked ‘world-leading’ for their impact. ‘International excellence’ was identified in the submissions in Business and Management Studies, Engineering and Psychology units of assessment.

The complete results in the REF 2014 for the University of Northampton are available to view online.

For complete results data, please visit the results website.

Our Impact case studies were submitted to REF 2014, and are available to view on the REF website.

Research integrity

The University has a Research Integrity Policy and Action Plan that commit us to continually reviewing and developing our culture of integrity and developing our researchers – from undergraduate students to professorial staff. The Policy and Action Plan ensure the University’s compliance with the Concordat to Support Research Integrity. The senior member of staff to oversee matters of research integrity and act as first point of contact is Mrs Jane Bunce, Director of Student and Academic Services. The Policy and Action Plan are reviewed annually by the Research and Enterprise Committee.

In line with the Concordat, an Annual Statement on research integrity is submitted to the university’s Board of Governors.

Research Ethics

The Research Ethics Committee monitors and informs the Research and Enterprise Committee, as appropriate, on national and international developments in research ethics.  It is also responsible for the consideration and ethical review of postgraduate research degree projects, as well as research and consultancy projects referred to it by Faculties and Departments. Faculty and Department Ethics Committees oversee and approve staff projects, taught postgraduate and undergraduate research projects.

The terms of reference for these committees are contained in the Research Ethics Code and Procedures. The Code and Procedures promote the highest standards of ethical practice in research. The Code and Procedures provide guidance and outline default expectations regarding key aspects of research ethics. The Code and Procedures apply to all researchers at the University of Northampton, all research conducted under the auspices of the University, and all research conducted by collaboratively managed researchers at the University’s partner organisations

Staff and postgraduate research students apply for ethical approval through our online research management system, Gateway. Staff responsible for research by taught postgraduate and undergraduate students (e.g. for undergraduate or taught postgraduate dissertations) shall establish course, module or programme-level procedures for ethical review, as appropriate, in line with the principles outlined in the Code and Procedures. Approval for changes or additions to approved proposals can be sought at any time after the initial approval.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School provides a University-wide framework for training, support, career preparation and administration to help you throughout your postgraduate research degree and early research career, to achieve your potential.

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